- (initial capital letter) Madam; Lady: an Italian title of respect prefixed to the given name of a woman.
- an Italian lady.
Origin of donna
1660–70; < Italian < Latin domina, feminine of dominus
- a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for donna
On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Hughes, when she was known as Donna Rice, was involved in a steamy scandal involving presidential politics.Donna Rice: ‘My Heart Really Goes Out to Monica Lewinsky’
May 9, 2014
Middleton only bridles when asked about the likelihood of marrying his girlfriend, the presenter Donna Air.James Middleton: Thanks To My Instagram Marshmallows, People Say The Internet Is Complete
March 31, 2014
Elsewhere, there were new novels from John le Carré and Donna Tartt, her first in over a decade.Hatchet Job of the Year 2014 Shortlist Announced
January 19, 2014
There, they found the account—of someone named Donna Nichols.The Ballad of Johnny France
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January 12, 2014
For thirty years past Morano had been Donna Serafina's amico.
There was some question of it at Donna Serafina's one evening.
The Cardinal and Donna Serafina stood side by side near the bed.
Donna Serafina at once occupied herself with the laying-out.
Donna Roma sprang up with a movement full of grace and energy.The Eternal City
- an Italian title of address equivalent to Madam, indicating respect
C17: from Italian, from Latin domina lady, feminine of dominus lord, master
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Word Origin and History for donna
fem. proper name, from Italian, literally "lady," from Latin domina (see dame).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper